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BEHIND THE WORD
What happens in March?
March is notable because it is one of the two times a year when an equinox occurs. Around March 20–21, the vernal equinox marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. (The reverse happens around September 22–23.)
In places where spring begins in March, the proverb March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb is used to refer to the fact that the month often begins with harsh winter weather that eventually gives way to mild spring weather.
In the U.S., March also includes the day on which people in many places adjust their clocks for daylight-saving time by setting them an hour later.
March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day. In the U.S., St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17.
The U.S. college basketball tournament known as March Madness starts in March.
The word march is also a common word meaning “to walk in a military formation” or “to walk in a purposeful way.” It’s not related to the name of the month.
Example: We had a blizzard last week and now people are walking around in shorts—that’s March weather for you.
Where does March come from?
The first records of the word March as the name of a month come from before 1050. It comes from the Latin Mārtius mēnsis, meaning “the month of Mars,” referring to the Roman god of war. The months of January and May are also named after Roman deities.
The ancient Roman calendar originally began with the month we call March—March 1 was the first day of the year. Eventually, two additional months—what we now call January and February—were added so that the months would fall during the same seasons each year.
In ancient Rome, March marked the start of the military campaign season. However, the word march in the sense of walking in a military formation or in some other purposeful way is not actually related to the name of the month. The word march in the walking sense comes from the Old French marchier, “to tread,” possibly from the Frankish markōn, meaning “to mark or pace”—it’s not based on or related to Mars.
Discover more to the story behind the word March, by reading our article on the name’s fascinating history.
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- Marches (plural)
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- Mar. (abbreviation)
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How is March used in real life?
In places where spring begins in March, the month is often associated with its wide range of weather. Sports fans in the U.S. know it as the month that March Madness begins.
“The weather in March is a lot like me,” declares Elizabeth in E. L. Konigsburg’s children’s book Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. “Nice for one day and then nasty for two.”
— sparkling plum (@chivofantasma_) July 19, 2020
IT IS MARCH!
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 1, 2018
March is the best month of the year. March Madness, Spring Break and St. Pattys Day. What more could you ask for?
— Ronald Boyd III (@Brandon_Boyd29) March 1, 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for march
Then its Work from Home Challenge was created once the pandemic took effect in March.‘The second wave’: Publishers see the value of providing education through newsletter courses|Kayleigh Barber|August 27, 2020|Digiday
Blake’s father will speak at Sharpton’s March on Washington commemoration on Friday, Noerdlinger said.Protests continue in Wisconsin after police shooting of Jacob Blake|kdunn6|August 25, 2020|Fortune
Just last week we were cheering a weekly jobless claims number that came in below 1 million for the first time since March.Investors ride the Big Tech rally even as COVID cases and unemployment spike|Bernhard Warner|August 21, 2020|Fortune
Then came the big selloff that sank the S&P by around 35% in March.The champ’s big comeback: Why beaten-down value stocks are poised to thrive|Shawn Tully|August 18, 2020|Fortune
By Jeanniey Walden, Chief Innovation & Marketing Officer, DailyPay In March, everything changed in an instant.Research: Only 25 percent of professionals expect to be working from home long-term|DailyPay|August 17, 2020|Digiday
I was pregnant, uncomfortably so, for the first time and with twins, due the following March.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her focus would be on the three months, January through March 1965, that gave birth to the Voting Rights Act.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The NYPD Emerald Society pipes and drums struck up a slow march and the procession began the journey to the cemetery.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In March, police arrested a group of wealthy businessmen and government officials who were about to dine on illegal tiger meat.
In less than ten minutes, the bivouac was broken up, and our little army on the march.
Nothing remarkable occurred in our march through this country.
Genoa has but recently and partially felt the new impulse, yet even here the march of improvement is visible.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Then with your victorious legions you can march south and help drive the Yankee invaders from the land.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
While they were doing this, he assembled the officers around him, and the meaning of our night march was explained to us.
British Dictionary definitions for march (1 of 6)
Derived forms of marchmarcher, noun
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Idioms and Phrases with march
In addition to the idiom beginning with march
- marching orders, get one's
- march to a different beat
- steal a march on